State of the Salish Sea, Salish Sea, ecosystem, climate change, hypoxia, biodiversity, stressor event
An important part of biodiversity monitoring includes assessing the differences in vulnerability across parts of an ecosystem. Hypoxia is one of the big three climate- related stressors causing biodiversity loss in the oceans. As the ocean warms, its capacity to hold oxygen becomes reduced. At the same time, concurrent shifts in circulation result in changes to how oxygen gets transported from the surface (where oxygen dissolves into the ocean) to the seafloor and from offshore to inshore areas. When a habitat experiences a substantial drop in oxygen, below the point needed to sustain everyday life, animals respond by migrating away, adapting to the new conditions, or dying from suffocation. The key to linking the biodiversity response to the oceanographic change is to simultaneously monitor both because high levels of variability are intrinsic to both sides in the ecology equation.
State of the Salish Sea
Salish Sea Institute
Chu, J. (2021). How Ecological Time-Series Inform Response to Stressors. In K.L. Sobocinski, State of the Salish Sea. Salish Sea Institute, Western Washington University. http://doi.org/10.25710/vfhb-3a69
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